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Genelec 8341A SAM™ Studio Monitor Review

Trell

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Remember that there seems to be a sound quality gain with GLM 4.2.0 . If I were you, I would check that the original 8351A can have that update.

Possibly it will not have so many available PEQ as the successor but have to check with Genelec or look in the manual for that.
 

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Possibly it will not have so many available PEQ as the successor but have to check with Genelec or look in the manual for that.
Yes .
All the people out there who have the 8341 and have done the GLM calibration and maybe miss some of the deep bass, -you can try to add some manual shelving in GLM and lower everything higher than 100 Hz with -5 dB .
What you get then is a bit like the Harman curve with more bass, prefered by most listeners. Try it .:)
Maybe you dont need subs after that .
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Yes .
All the people out there who have the 8341 and have done the GLM calibration and maybe miss some of the deep bass, -you can try to add some manual shelving in GLM and lower everything higher than 100 Hz with -5 dB .
What you get then is a bit like the Harman curve with more bass, prefered by most listeners. Try it .:)
Maybe you dont need subs after that .
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I use the dynamic loudness of my RME ADI-2 DAC for increased bass at lower volume levels, so no need for me to use the increased bass for my pair of 8330A. My wife seems happy without the bass increase on her pair, though.

Edit: I should add that my pair of 8330A is connected to a 7360A subwoofer that did not get the firmware update for positive gain PEQ or shelf.
 
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I use the dynamic loudness of my RME ADI-2 DAC for increased bass at lower volume levels, so no need for me to use the increased bass for my pair of 8330A. My wife seems happy without the bass increase on her pair, though.

Edit: I should add that my pair of 8330A is connected to a 7360A subwoofer that did not get the firmware update for positive gain PEQ or shelf.
Yeah, using the Sound Character Profiler to add bass doesn’t seem effective if the sub isn’t capable of having a positive gain EQ.
@Tangband sounds like a good solution for more bass! I miss the ‘tilt’ feature in the SCP that was available in previous GLM versions, which had a similar effect.

Having said that, having a fairly flat frequency response at the listening position doesn’t seem too bright with 8341’s, strangely enough, though a little bass boost is always welcome as long as it stays clean/tight!
 

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Hello,

i'm a new member here.
After having read all those discussions about the 8341A, I would like to ask a question.
I have the opportunity of buying either a demo pair of 8341A or a demo pair of 8351A (so it's the "old" version of the model)
both pair have the same price.
I feel a bit lost... what model should I choose between both ? The goal is to use the speakers in a (untreated) living room for music listening.
thank you !
I have a pair of the older 8351A and it uses the same .75" tweeter as the 8341A - biggest difference is SPL headroom on the 8351A - it gets louder so I'd take a pair of 8351A all day long for your living room. Both models benefit greatly from the GLM/SAM DSP, so definitely get the microphone and run it to correct room acoustics wherever you can. Additionally, when you're ready to add a Genelec SAM subwoofer (highly recommended if you listen to large scale music that goes below 40Hz), just plug it into GLM and it's as good as it gets for the money. I also have the 8351B and the differences are not "night and day" or even that noticeable, so save the money if you can get it at such a deal!
 
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